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Constitutional showdown over youth allowance

The opposition’s attempt to wind back youth allowance reforms may succeed, despite government protests that it’s unconstitutional. The seemingly never-ending political stoush over the youth allowance has entered uncharted constitutional waters, as the federal government tries to prevent the opposition ...

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First aid needed for the third stream

Universities need to lift their game on industry and community research, says the Victorian government’s tertiary education adviser. By John Ross. Universities need to develop five-year community engagement plans and to appoint senior executives with stand-alone responsibilities for "third stream" ...

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International education feeding on itself

International education has entered a recycled phase, with overseas enrolments increasingly sourced from people already studying here. By John Ross. About two in five international enrolments are now recycled former students rather than fresh overseas arrivals, figures from the Department ...

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Notre Dame wants to change status

UK government funding for university teaching has slumped so low that Oxford and Cambridge could be better off without it. But they still want the government’s research grants. The UK’s top-ranked university has reportedly threatened to ‘go private’ over dissatisfaction ...

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Growing pains

To exceed, or not to exceed? John Ross tries to unravel the economics of growing past the cap. Milo Minderbinder, the obsessively entrepreneurial American mess officer in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, buys Maltese eggs for seven cents each and sells them ...

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Big take-up of English language programs – on TV

English language courses are experiencing unprecedented popularity – on international TV, anyway. An English language program broadcast through the Asia-Pacific region was the second-most downloaded of any ABC TV program last year, attracting well over a million video podcasts. Australia ...

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Teens more studious – and more creative

New statistics on teenage study across the educational sectors reveal some interesting trends. Teenage higher education students began embracing the Bradley expansion agenda a few years before the federal government adopted it in 2009, according to new figures from the ...

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Serious loopholes in VET Regulator plan: AEU

Rushed legislation for the national VET regulator could end up entrenching past problems, the AEU believes. The federal government has missed a chance to repair loopholes in vocational training by rushing its legislation for the national VET regulator, says the ...

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NCVER’s integrated role

Australia’s national VET research centre is increasingly delving into the higher education world, as the integrated tertiary sector takes shape. Australia’s key VET research centre is broadening its role to embrace higher education, in a de facto response to the ...

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A marriage made in Melbourne

Ballarat is upgrading its relationship with its longest standing private partner, as it gears up for 2012. The University of Ballarat is taking one of its most significant long-term relationships to “the next level”, says vice-chancellor Professor David Battersby, by ...

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